This Week’s Cannabis News Round-Up: Two Marijuana Lifers Granted Clemency; Obama Tells Supreme Court to Ignore Colorado Marijuana Lawsuit; John Oliver’s Year in Criminal Justice; California: Fear and Shouting at the Emerald Cup; Pittsburgh City Council Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana; Courts Are Forcing Marijuana Users to Get Treatment They Probably Don’t Need; 6 Things YOU Can do for Cannabis Prisoners; and more.
Breaking Cannabis News!
Two Marijuana Lifers Granted Clemency! — President Obama granted clemency on Deb 18 to two men serving sentences of Life Without Parole for nonviolent marijuana conspiracy offenses. Former marine William “Billy” Dekle, and senior citizen Charles “Fred” Cundiff were both granted clemency with Dekle scheduled for release in April and Cundiff in December of 2016.
Medical/Health Cannabis News
The Outsourcing of American Medical marijuana Research — We believe modern science is going ahead, right?” he asks. “Well, it’s not. When insulin was discovered in the 1920s, it became a drug in months. Cortisone was discovered in the late 1940s, and it was made into a drug a year or two later. Anandamide was discovered 23 years ago and has still never been administered to a human being. I’m not sure that’s progress.” Dr. Raphael Mechoulam
Courts Are Forcing Marijuana Users to Get Treatment They Probably Don’t Need — Opponents of marijuana legalization often cite the “skyrocketing” number of people seeking treatment for marijuana addiction in their arguments. But new data out this month from the Department of Health and Human Services provides some important context behind those numbers. In 2013, more than half of marijuana users in treatment were sent there by the courts or the criminal justice system. That’s more than the share of court-ordered referrals for any other drug, including far more deadly ones like alcohol and heroin.
Legal/Political Cannabis News
Obama Tells Supreme Court to Ignore Colorado Marijuana Lawsuit — The Obama Administration came to the defense of legal marijuana states on Wednesday by advising the U.S. Supreme Court not to waste any time entertaining a lawsuit conjured up by Oklahoma and Nebraska over their seething disdain for Colorado’s recreational cannabis trade.
John Oliver’s Year in Criminal Justice — HUGE thanks and respect to Last Week Tonight with John Oliver for continually shining a light on the problems with our so called “justice” system. The Marshall Project has put together a year end recap.
6 Things YOU Can do for Cannabis Prisoners — As you go about celebrating the holidays this year, take a moment out of your busy schedule to support those paying the highest price in the war on weed—those incarcerated. Prison existence is bleak anytime but especially so during the holidays. Here are some easy things you can do to help those behind bars during the holidays, or anytime. These things won’t cost much money or time, but doing some or all of them will brighten a marijuana inmate’s word tremendously, and it just might help them get released too.
Marijuana News State by State
California: Fear and Shouting at the Emerald Cup — California’s legalization battle is heating up to be quite contentious.
Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh City Council Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana — People caught with a small amount of marijuana in the city of Pittsburgh will no longer automatically be sent to jail under legislation approved by the City Council. The City Council voted in favor of an ordinance to decriminalize possession of 30-grams or less of marijuana.
Marijuana Recipe of the Week
Eggnog Custard — Rich egg custard gets enhanced with the traditional eggnog flavors of rum and nutmeg…and a little added something from kief or finely ground hash for this Marijuana Eggnog Custard. By using the concentrate, the cannabis flavor doesn’t overwhelm, even though this is a somewhat delicately flavored dessert. This recipe is super easy and quick to prepare (minus baking time).